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Photos: Ice kayaking in Stockholm’s archipelago

Did you think that life in the archipelago of Sweden died as it was covered with winter's brutal ice & snow? Think again – the archipelago lifestyle is a year round Swedish business, reports Erik Bergin.

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BJÖRKVIK, INGARÖ (ARCHIPELAGO OF SWEDEN)
“We’ve paddled here from Dalarö down to the south. The ice stretches a few hundred meters from land, but out there there’s open water,” says the kayaker after he and some kayaking friends have made land at Björkvik, a bay on the Ingarö island’s eastern shore.

“It was really nice to paddle today. Warm and sunny.”

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It’s a sunny Saturday just outside of Stockholm, the Swedish capital, and the sun heats frozen souls and kayakers on Ingarö island, about 40 minutes drive from downtown Stockholm. You don’t even need a car to get here, the bus will get you there in about an hour.

The group of kayakers have just dragged their vessels on the ice from the open water to shore. And over there, by the cliffs, stands a group of ice skaters, also having enjoyed today’s sunny weather. A family has lit a grill, perhaps celebrating the season’s first real outdoor meal.

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Because summers are short, though reasonably warm, around Stockholm, with its world-unique archipelago within reach for residents and visitors alike. And it is possible to make use of all the beauty all year around, though doing it during winter till take a slightly larger effort.

Kayaking is certainly one of the best ways to see the archipelago, go ice skating another valid option. There’s also a bunch of shuttle ferries that navigate the waters and make stops at various islands even as ice and snow cover cliffs and bays. On some of the largest islands, restaurants, bars and hotels are open during winter as well as summer. You can read more about how to access the archipelago of Stockholm here.

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April 6, 2013. The kayakers have just made land at Björkvik, just outside of Stockholm, Sweden. Photo: Erik Bergin

 

April 6, 2013. Kayakers have just made land at Björkvik, just outside of Stockholm, Sweden.

April 6, 2013. Kayakers have just made land at Björkvik, just outside of Stockholm, Sweden.

 

The ice is still frozen solid on the Swedish east coast.

The ice is still frozen solid on the Swedish east coast.

 

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The editor of the Traveling Reporter works as a business news editor, and is a frequent traveler. When not doing any of that, he spends time on his boat and tries to figure out where to travel next. Two of his top destinations are the Philippines and San Francisco. Email Erik! Follow the Traveling Reporter at Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Chime In, Pinterest, Google+, Weibo, Storify, Facebook, Traveldudes, Myspace.